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The 4 Legal options In Nevada
There are 4 ways to fulfill the compulsory education requirements of Nevada law.
Gia D GallegosยทSaturday, June 11, 2016

#ABCsofHomeschool Compulsory education age in Nevada is 7 (not 5, and kindergarten is not required) By the child's 7th birthday, the parent must have the child begin schooling or file a notice of intent to homeschool.

1. Public school (free) (which happens to include physical as well as "virtual" charter schools like Nevada Connections Academy and Nevada Virtual Academy - that are also curriculum providers for "homeschool" in Nevada) Public school requires specific days, hours, times, material, tests and vaccinations, as well as longitudinal data system data collection. The child can be accepted by age 5/6 depending on the month of birth.

2. Private school (costs the parent) Age varies.

3. Homeschool (parent is responsible for any costs they choose). It requires parent/guardian to submit a legal Notice of Intent to Homeschool (to the Superintendent of Schools in the child's county of residence), on the child's 7th birthday, without regard to the school calendar. Homeschool does NOT require specific days, hours, times, material, tests or vaccinations. No approval required, so there are no denials. No home visits or any other required records or activities, in Nevada.

4. Education Savings Account Opt-in Students (which is a new law just signed by the Governor last summer, and the regulations are not yet written/approved.) ESA law goes into effect in 2016, and it seems it would require specific tests, as well as longitudinal data system data collection. The money offered to "participating providers" could only be spent (actually, probably would reimburse the parent after the expense) on State-approved providers and activities and materials. While there is an attempt to define all of those, significant court challenges are not yet decided. Regulations will likely change unpredictably if all the legal hurdles are ever actually scaled.

If you choose virtual charter as in #1, then you must begin school when the county begins, I believe. I don't think they automatically accept students who apply, and they may or may not have room left after the "school year" begins.

If you choose #3, you can purchase prepackaged curriculum, complete with a schedule, lesson plans, answer keys and sometimes even videos of professional teachers. Or you can skip the curriculum and put together your own resources from videos, documentaries, field trips, books, workbooks, tutors for specific projects or subjects, etc. Or you can do a combination of anything that works for you.

High School homeschooling gets a little trickier, since college and military applications involve transcripts. However, many Nevadans successfully homeschool older children.


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